Girls from Santa Maria Foundation with Oxford female scientists

Girls from Santa Maria Foundation with Oxford female scientists

In the spirit of our Women in Science talks held in January 2018, EHV hosted its first ever Role Models session with the girls at Santa Maria Foundation in Chia, Colombia, and a group of female student scientists from Oxford university in a joint effort to promote and empower women in science.

On Saturday 7th April 2018, Oxford students Floren, Laura, Olivia, Sofía and Tatiana spoke to the young girls at SMF via Skype about their research, ranging from biotechnology and cancer treatment to aerospace dynamics. The purpose of this session was for the girls at Santa Maria to recognise that such women do exist and that, if they share similar interests and want to pursue them at university, that these women may offer them mentoring, advice, or even just a friendly chat.

This session was the first of our EHV Role Models Project, designed to connect young women in UK universities with girls from disadvantaged backgrounds like those at Santa Maria Foundation. As Maria Wright Edelman said, 'You can't be what you can't see'. Indeed, this is a way for girls to believe that they, with the help of their 'Role Models', can actually visualise themselves in their position and thus widen their perspective of future career possibilities.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for upcoming sessions!